October 23, 2013
Left to right: Kevin Gibson, Director of Rehab Services; Jessica Grzybowski; Brian Grzybowski (holding his son Sammy); Christina (Grzybowski) Smith; Jake Grzybowski; Christopher Grzybowski and Kathy Swenson, Mercy Hospital Foundation Executive Director
Charleen Grzybowski's legacy lives on through the generosity of her family.
On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, the Grzybowski family presented the Mercy Hospital Foundation with a $10,000 check from the 5th Annual Golf For Charleen event. The gift marked the largest donation to-date from the Grzybowski family.
This year’s gift will enable Mercy’s Stroke Team and Medical Rehab Unit (MRU) to purchase a much needed Dynavision care unit. This device is used during rehabilitation sessions with patients to strengthen their visual-perceptual deficits following a stroke or as a result of a neurological disease.
Members of the Grzybowski family learned more about the device during a recent tour of Kenmore Mercy Hospital's Medical Rehab Unit.
Charleen Grzybowski died at the age of 49 from a massive aneurysm in her brain. She was in a comatose state in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Mercy Hospital for three days before passing. Her family was so grateful for the compassionate care she received at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo that they established a golf event and fund in her honor and memory to support other patients and families cared for at Mercy.
Charleen is survived by her husband, Christopher, their 5 children (Christina, Jessica, Brian, Jacob, and Stacy) and six grandchildren.